Efforts to Improve Zoning, Facilitate Urban Farming Applauded by Keri Aivazis

Keri Aivazis encourages city leaders to make urban farming easier by addressing limitations imposed by zoning.

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Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) July 08, 2013

Keri Aivazis, co-owner of Urban Radish and strong advocate for the farm-to-fork movement, understands that one of the most significant challenges facing urban farming is the zoning that is imposed by cities across the country. Following city ordinances regarding the use of buildings in certain zones is important in staying in accordance with the law; however, many buildings that would prove prime property for urban farming efforts are not zoned in a way that will allow them to be used as such. An article published by boston.com, though, highlights efforts of individuals in the city of Boston to change zoning rules in order to facilitate urban agricultural activity. Aivazis applauds this move and encourages leaders in other cities to take up the same mission.

The article explains: "Boston officials are preparing to present a draft version of new citywide zoning rules designed to expand opportunities for urban agriculture, which is largely prohibited under existing guidelines [...] The proposed new rules were drafted over the past year-and-a-half by officials from the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the Mayor's Office of Food Initiatives and the Mayor's Urban Agriculture Rezoning Working Group, which consists of farming advocates, experts, and residents appointed by Mayor Thomas M. Menino."

Ultimately, agricultural activity is not currently permitted in most zones in the city; however, the proposed new zoning laws will allow for a surge in urban agriculture, resulting in the increased availability of locally-grown, organic, healthy food items. Furthermore, notes Keri Aivazis, this will create a surge in the economic wellbeing of the city, as it will allow for urban farmers to open and run profitable organizations centered upon the mission of creating wholesome, nutritious food items for local residents.

"Urban farming is not just a trend that has cropped up over the last few years," Aivazis explains. "This is a new way of farming that will allow the increasingly large populations of metro areas to access foods that are not processed or preserved. Traditionally, people living in the city center have had to buy produce that was shipped in from across the country, in some cases, since there are no fields in the middle of an urban environment. But with urban farming, city residents can purchase fruits and vegetables grown just blocks from their homes, which is better for their health and for the environment. Not to mention the business opportunities that this creates, as it allows for the generation of new organizations that can meet the demand for these nutritious food items."

Aivazis knows that there are many challenges that need to be overcome before urban farming is producing the volume of foods that it is capable of providing; however, Keri Aivazis is confident that, through rezoning and other efforts, city officials can make key decisions that will allow their residents to benefit from the produce that such agricultural activity will provide.

ABOUT:

Keri Aivazis is the co-owner of Urban Radish, which is a retailer located in the Arts District of Los Angeles, California, that is dedicated to promoting the local farming community while providing fresh, healthy food to its customers. Additionally, Aivazis is a strong supporter of the farm-to-fork movement and she often advocates for local agricultural practices. Through urban farming and other key activities, Aivazis encourages communities to build their networks of consumers, farmers, and agriculturalists.


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